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CFP Issue 24: Taboo (2017)

 

“Saturn Devouring His Son,” Francisco Goya, c. 1819-1823

 

Taboo permeates all aspects of everyday life, acting as the boundary against which society polices human experience and experimentation. Frequently characterised as social or religious customs that proscribe particular ideas, practices, words or persons, taboos not only help define a set of shared rules for society, but also clarify the limitations of the accepted.

Kelly Hurley highlights the positive facets of taboo, suggesting that it is only through the enforcement of certain boundaries that humans might “continue to experience the world as an epistemologically stable site” (The Gothic Body 25). Mary Douglas, meanwhile, argues that although taboos act as a safeguard against social disorder, they often become repressive for members of society. In light of these contrasting views, are specific taboos indeed necessary for social stability, or do they simply hinder progress?

Taboos differ across cultures, religions, and time; yet certain forbidden practices like incest, cannibalism, and murder seem more universally regarded. Why might this be? Changing social standards also create new taboos that reflect a particular historical moment. Tracing the ways in which taboos arise and are challenged therefore not only reveals these standards, but also society’s anxieties, fears, and nightmares.

Issue 24 of FORUM seeks contributions from a range of disciplines that engage with the concept of taboo. To what extents are civilisations structured around taboos? How might taboos reveal the darker, or even the suppressed side of society? In what ways do art and literature provide avenues for the exploration of taboo? Do taboos inevitably drive the homogenisation of both landscapes and people? In what ways might breaking taboos offer opportunities for liberation? Are there some taboos that should never be broken? Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Social
    • Conformity and/or censorship (social, political, familial, sexual, linguistic, etc.)
    • Shifting social norms and lifting taboo in public/private spheres
    • Social etiquette and behaviour modification
    • Prohibition and transgression
    • Political correctness
    • Universal taboos
    • Culture-bound taboos
    • Functions of taboo
    • Euphemism
  • Body
    • Contagion and contamination
    • Abjection
    • Bodies and boundaries
    • Conceptions of dis/ability
    • The evolution of sexual and/or gender taboos
  • Monstrosity
    • Constructions of monstrosity (Medieval, Gothic, etc.)
    • Monsters in society (serial killers, sexual offenders, cannibals)
    • Aliens and interlopers
  • Resistance
    • Breaking taboo as a means of rebellion
    • Forbidden words and ideas (the unthinkable/unspeakable)
    • Deviance and social stigma

 

Papers must be between 3,000 – 5,000 words in length, formatted according to MLA guidelines. FORUM is also considering academic book reviews (1,000 words) and multimedia and alternative presentations for publication. Please e-mail your article, a short abstract and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled DOC(X). files to editors@forumjournal.org by 27 February 2017. All eligible articles will be peer reviewed prior to publication. Only one submission per author per issue is permitted.

 
Posted: 2016-12-12
 

CFP Issue 23: Readers and Writers (2016)

 

© Public Domain/WikiCommons

From the earliest traces of etchings on stone tablets to the emergence of Kindles and e-readers in contemporary society, humans have invented platforms for the creation and dissemination of text. Implicit in each textual object are the figures of the reader and writer and their differing engagement with the work. But what does it mean to be a reader or a writer, and how does each role play a part in the shaping of a text?

In 1967, Roland Barthes famously proclaimed the death of the author, arguing that it was for the reader to instil meaning in a text. Barthes’ essay questioned the existing hierarchy of writer above reader, and initiated new discussion on their roles. Reader response critics such as Hans Robert Jauss have also considered the impact of an individual’s experiences on textual interpretation. What effects have such theories had on previous understandings of the reader/writer relationship? How can we conceptualise these roles in an increasingly complex literary and textual environment?

It is not only the experiences of the individual reader and writer that are interrogated. We can now ask what role the market plays in redefining these two figures. Robert Darnton’s Communication Circuit draws attention to socio-political and commercial forces that impact the creation, production and distribution of a book. How do such models complicate the dialogical relationship between reader and writer?

How do literary devices alter our perception of the reader/writer figure? Those such as frame narratives and epistolary forms place readers and writers at the centre of the text, while the found manuscript and false document conceit in fiction work to remove the presence of the author in order to foster verisimilitude. What do these metafictions say about the changing social, cultural and intellectual nature of reading and writing?

In this issue, we aim to engage with the broadest possible understandings of readers and writers. We are seeking submissions from a range of disciplines relating to the arts, culture or social sciences that consider the topic of READERS AND WRITERS for Issue 23 of FORUM. Submissions may relate, but are not limited to:

  • Reader response theory and affective criticism
  • Different approaches to critical reading
  • Reading and writing in the digital age
  • Historical reading practices
  • Writing communities
  • The history of the book
  • Fan fiction and non-traditional forms of publication
  • “Reading” visual and pictorial texts
  • Rewriting dominant narratives
  • Reading and writing as political acts
  • Gendered reading and writing
  • Literacy
  • Spaces for reading and writing
  • Metafiction
  • Depictions of reading and writing in literature
Papers must be between 3,000 - 5,000 words in length, formatted according to MLA guidelines. FORUM is also considering academic book reviews (1,000 words) and multimedia and alternative presentations for publication. Please e-mail your article, a short abstract and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled DOC(X). files to editors@forumjournal.org by 12th September 2016. All eligible articles will be peer reviewed prior to publication. Only one submission per author per issue is permitted.
 
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Issue 22 Ideological Conflict (2016)

 

Issue 22 of FORUM looks to explore Jasmine Gani’s suggestion that we should be “bringing back ideas,” when analysing this new era of entrenched conflict. We seek contributions from a range of disciplines that engage with the topic of conflicting ideologies. How do questions of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, and political affiliation affect conceptions of ideology at both an individual and a wider cultural level? Please email your paper, a short abstract and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled .DOC(X) files to editors@forumjournal.org by 29 February 2016.

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CFP: Issue 21 Private/Public (2015)

 

There has been a significant shift in the boundaries between the private and public realm in recent years. While identity politics and the confessional mode have contributed to the enlargement of ‘the private’, the increasing dominance of the corporate model has led to the erosion of what has traditionally been conceived of as ‘the public’. Issue 21 of FORUM seeks contributions from a range of disciplines that engage with the debate about the distinctions between the private and public spheres.Has there been a retreat into private and individualised experience? If the traditional notion of the public sphere involves a ‘top down' model, what are the possibilities for the ‘bottom-up’ paradigm offered by the commons, and enabled by online networks? Please email your paper, a short abstract and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled .DOC(X) files to editors@forumjournal.org by 15 September 2015.

 
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CFP: Issue 20 After the Good Life (2015)

 

In Cruel Optimism (2011), Lauren Berlant asks why we stay “attached to conventional good-life fantasies – say of enduring reciprocity in couples, families, political systems, institutions, markets and at work – when the evidence of their instability, fragility, and dear cost abounds” (2). Issue 20 of FORUM seeks contributions from a range of disciplines that engage with questions of how we conceive of ‘the good life’ in the contemporary moment. What does the good life look like under austerity, under economic, ecological, and social crisis, under neoliberalism and what comes after? How do relations of gender, race, ethnicity and sexuality affect our visions of the good life? Please email your paper, a short abstract and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled .DOC(X) files to editors@forumjournal.org by 2 March 2015.

©Mark A. Nye

 

 
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CFP: Issue 19 The New Materialisms (2014)

 

The role of matter has often been marginalised in much of philosophical thought. Recent accounts of a new materialist philosophy, however, call for a radicalisation of what ‘matter’ truly means. For Issue 19 of FORUM, a peer-reviewed postgraduate journal based at the University of Edinburgh, we are seeking submissions from a range of disciplines relating to the arts or culture that consider the topic of THE NEW MATERIALISMS. Please email your paper, a short abstract and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled .DOC(X) files to editors@forumjournal.org by Friday 12th September 2014.

© Mark Welbedacht

 

 
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What's new in LLC?

 

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Postgraduates at the University of Edinburgh is seeking papers for the Latest Learning Colloquy.

A number of papers by colloquy participants will be selected for publication in a special issue of FORUM.

 
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CFP: Issue 18 Cliches (2014)

 

As writers and academics we fear having our work criticised as cliché; yet, we continue to repeat and overwork certain ideas to the brink. For issue 18, CLICHÉ, we consider how clichés have become cultural relics, reread and relocated as benchmarks for new art and interpretation. FORUM invite submissions from a range of disciplines relating to the arts or culture that consider the topic, CLICHÉ. Please email your paper, a short abstract and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled .DOC(X) files to editors@forumjournal.org by Thursday 20th March 2014.

©Adriana Santamaría P. 

 

 
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CFP: Issue 17 Rites and Rituals (2013)

 

We are seeking submissions from a range of disciplines relating to the arts, culture or social sciences that consider the topic of RITES & RITUALS for issue 17 of FORUMPapers must be between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length, formatted according to MLA guidelines. Please email your paper, a short abstract and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled .DOC(X) files to editors@forumjournal.org by MONDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2013.

 
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Conference Thank You!

 

A big thank-you to all our delegates and academic guests who joined us last month for ReVision: Editing Across Disciplines.

We hope everyone enjoyed the conference and took away something useful: according to our feedback forms (thanks to all who filled in!) it seems that the workshops were particularly interesting, as was the diverse range of disciplines gathered together on various panels. We were glad to hear you all felt relaxed and enjoyed the friendly feedback and peer support the delegates at the conference provided, whilst managing to ensure all papers were professional and up to date. You can check out the pictures and download a copy of the programme here!

 
Posted: 2013-11-29
 

CFP: FORUM Conference 2013

 

FORUM, the University of Edinburgh’s Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts, is pleased to announce its third conference which will explore the theme of editing. This conference invites participants to explore the variety of practices and concepts of editing across disciplines and as they appear in different historical and cultural contexts, as well as to reflect on the opportunities, goals and challenges of contemporary editing and publishing. Please send titled abstracts of up to 300 words along with a brief biographical statement to forum.conference.edit@gmail.com no later than February 18th 2013.

 
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CFP: Issue 16 Un/Natural Histories (2013)

 

Although European thought has traditionally placed ‘nature’ in opposition to ‘culture’, as the title UN/NATURAL HISTORIES suggests, the world in which we find ourselves and the narratives we tell about it can also be seen to stand in a shifting and mutually influential relationship to one another. For the summer issue of FORUM, a peer-reviewed postgraduate journal based at the University of Edinburgh, we are seeking submissions from a range of disciplines relating to the arts or culture that consider the topic of UN/NATURAL HISTORIES. Please email your paper, a short abstract and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled .DOC files to editors@forumjournal.org by FRIDAY 8TH MARCH 2013.

Fields of Gold', Rice Fields in Banaue in the Philippines, by kudumomo 19/02/2010 (link to original).

 
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CFP: Issue 15 Imitation and Repetition (2012)

 

For the winter issue of FORUM, a peer-reviewed postgraduate journal based at the University of Edinburgh, we are seeking submissions from a range of disciplines relating to the arts or culture that consider the topic of IMITATION AND REPETITION. Please email your paper, a short abstract and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled .DOC files to editors@forumjournal.org by Monday 24th September 2012.

 

 
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CFP: Issue 14 Sacred and Sacrilegious (2012)

 

For the Spring 2012 issue of FORUM, we invite submissions which explore representations of the sacred and sacrilegious in literature, art and film. Please email your paper, a short abstract and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled DOC. files to editors@forumjournal.org by Monday 13th February 2012.

 
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CFP: Issue 13 Revenge (2011)

 

For the Autumn 2011 issue of FORUM, we invite submissons which explore representations of revenge in literature, art and film. From The Bacchae to Kill Bill, the theme of retribution has been used as a vehicle for intense scrutiny of human emotions and social conditions, and the revenge plot’s popularity as an abiding blockbuster ratings-winner testifies to its continuing cultural relevance. What is the basis for this apparent fascination with revenge? How is it depicted within creative works, and do audiences’ responses alter according to perceived ethical norms? We hope to receive a wide range of articles seeking to reappraise the aesthetic and cultural implications of this “compelling mix of ingredients”. Please email your paper, a short abstract and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled .DOC files to editors@forumjournal.org by Monday 3rd October 2011.

 
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CFP: Issue 12 Authenticity (2011)

 

Is it possible to define an act, work or object as ‘authentic’, and should we try? For this issue, we invite submissions which explore the many facets of ‘authenticity’. We hope to question how the ideal of an ‘authentic’ or ‘genuine’ representation complicates/interacts with the ‘fake’, and the effect this might have on our response to creative acts when an ‘authentic’ object is re-evaluated. How do the concepts of the de-personalised ‘anonymous’ and authenticity intersect? Additionally, how do adaptations, recreations and re-presentations of existing works interact with and redefine the idea of an ‘authentic’ performance? In order to approach this issue, we are seeking submissions that consider the concept of AUTHENTICITY. Please 
email your paper, a short abstract and your CV in separate, clearly labelled .DOC files to 
editors@forumjournal.org by 14th February 2011.

 
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